Base Instincts

Geoffrey Kabaservice's 'Rule and Ruin'

The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, From Eisenhower to the Tea Party
Geoffrey Kabaservice
Oxford University Press, $29.95, 504 pp.

There is a certain astonishment in political journalism over the current state of the Republican Party. Sympathetic liberals like E. J. Dionne and idiosyncratic conservatives like Michael Gerson join apostate Republicans like David Frum in protesting the GOP’s secession from moderation, compromise, and any ideologically inconvenient facts.

The 2010 midterm elections only sharpened the GOP’s pursuit of conservative ideological purity, as...

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Conor Williams is a doctoral candidate in Georgetown University’s Government Department and a freelance journalist. Read his work at

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